Digital Videos

The professional language of the future!

During our last ECMP 455 class we had a quick workshop on using digital videos. We were taught what a digital video was and how to use it to the best of your ability, thanks to Dean Shareski. We then were given the opportunity to use flip video to create a video.  Using this video was an extremely valuable experience that I will take into my future classrooms.

We were given a task for our video creations and were asked to create, “The Door Scene.”

Myself along with Sarah and Krystal were off on a journey as we completed the following steps:

(Thanks Sherri!)

Step One

The first step was our introduction to visual storytelling. We were in a group and had to create a scene with the following scripted scenario:

“A person is about to open a door. The person hears a sound and becomes mildly concerned. The person finds the door locked and searches for his or her keys. The person hears the sound again and becomes visibly apprehensive. As the filmmaker, you goal is to build tension and growing panic, using any visual element or device that you can think of.”

Step Two:

The second step was to create a storyboard script scenario for the Door Scene in a manner that we thought that would be most visually effective. At this time we also had to create a new or exciting ending for our video. We had to use different shots while filming the scene and include every detail in our storyboard.

Step Three:

The third step was rather exciting. We had to exchange our storyboard for another groups storyboard. Once we had another groups storyboard, we had to film their storyboard. (Hopefully they included enough detail for us to follow along!)

This is what we came up with for Step One:

At my high school I was able to take Film classes. This experience was amazing as I was able to express my thoughts, ideas, and creativity through a different media other than writing. I found this extremely important because I often have trouble expressing myself through written word.

I am looking forward to exploring digital video more and using it in my future classroom. If you have any valuable websites or ideas, I would love to hear!